If we were to flash back in time, say to the mid-'90s. The NFL was similar to the game we all watch today, but what happens off the field is considerably different.
There were no blogs like Bleacher Report, where anyone with the passion and time could become a writer of sorts. For that matter, the Internet itself was nothing like we have today.
There was no fantasy football, where everyone could build their own team and play against friends, relatives and coworkers.
There was no DirecTV, where anyone could watch their team play in the comfort of their home, at least if they lived out of market.
If there were those things, I could almost hear the conversations of that time like we do today while writing, commenting and blogging.
The 49ers traded Joe Montana? What is Steve Young going to be able to do?
Dan Marino is the best QB ever, I don't care about Super Bowls!
Put Marino with the Steelers defense, and they would win the Super Bowl every year.
Troy Aikman has three Super Bowls, how can anyone say he isn't one of the best in football?
I don't care what anyone says, if Brett Favre keeps taking hits like that, he won't survive into his 30s!
The reality is, every player listed above eventually broke down. Their talent level eventually started to decline, and the game became too much for them.
The same thing is going to happen to the stars of today. It will just happen to some sooner than others.
So, here are the superstars of tomorrow, compared to those of the past.